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Record 4410

Reading Experience:

Charlotte Bronte to George Smith, 14 February 1852, after having been lent the first volume of W. M. Thackeray, "Henry Esmond", in manuscript by her publishers: 'It has been a great delight to me to read Mr Thackeray's manuscript ... you must permit me ... to thank you for a pleasure so rare and special ... In the first half of the work what chiefly struck me was the wonderful manner in which the author throws himself into the spirit and letter of the times wherof he treats ... As usual -- he is unjust to women ...Many other things I noticed that -- for my part -- grieved and esxasperated me as I read -- but then again came passages so deeply thought -- so tenderly felt -- one could not help forgiving and admiring.'
Century: 1850-1899
Date: Feb 1852
Country: England
Time: n/a
Place: city: Haworth
county: Yorkshire
Type of Experience (Reader):
silent aloud unknown
solitary in company unknown
single serial unknown
Type of Experience (Listener):
solitary in company unknown
single serial unknown

Reader/Listener/Reading Group:

Reader:Charlotte Bronte
Age Adult (18-100+)
Gender Female
Date of Birth 21 Apr 1816
Socio-economic group: Professional / academic / merchant / farmer
Occupation: Writer
Religion: Church of England
Country of origin: England
Country of experience: England
Listeners present if any:
(e.g. family, servants, friends, workmates)
Additional comments: n/a


Text Being Read:

Author: William Makepeace Thackeray
Title: The History of Henry Esmond (volume I)
Genre: Fiction
Form of Text: Manuscript: Unknown
Publication details: n/a
Provenance: borrowed (other)


Source Information:

Record ID: 4410  
Source - Print  
  Author: n/a
  Editor: Juliet Barker
  Title: The Brontes: A Life in Letters
  Place of Publication: London
  Date of Publication: 1997
  Vol: n/a
  Page: 345-46
  Additional comments: n/a

Citation: Juliet Barker (ed.), The Brontes: A Life in Letters (London, 1997), p. 345-46,, accessed: 24 August 2019

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